Workforce Wednesday: Travel and Tourism | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

Alaska is expected to see record numbers of visitors this year, which means more potential jobs in the tourism industry.

Josh Howes, president of Premier Alaska Tours, joined Daybreak to talk about jobs in the industry.

From cooks and servers, to motor coach drivers and vehicle maintenance workers, pay can range anywhere from $15 to $50 per hour, according to Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium.

Howes said his career started with a seasonal summer job. To be successful in the field, you have to be a people person, he said.

“If you have those people skills, it’s a great, great fit for you. It’s very, very fun,” Howes said. “You can take those people skills and apply them to any other industry, any other relationship in your life, whether it’s working in customer service, helping folks get through a challenging moment or, you know, making sure they’re having a great, great time and having a trip of a lifetime.”

Companies hiring:

Alaska Railroad



For more information on jobs in different industries in Alaska, visit the Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium website.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Travel and Tourism | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

PITAAS Program Seeks to Increase Number of Alaska Native Teachers

Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska Schools (PITAAS), a scholarship program through the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), is designed to help Alaska Natives earn a degree in education.

PITAAS’s goal is to have more Alaska Native Teachers and administrators in Alaska’s schools. As it stands, Alaska Natives make up 25 percent of the student body and less than five percent of the teaching force according to UAS.

Eligible students are Alaska Native students with junior or senior standing enrolled in undergraduate Teacher Preparation Programs, post graduate Teacher Certification Programs, and Graduate Certificates, Endorsements and Master of Education (M.Ed.) Programs.

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Source: PITAAS Program seeks to increase number of Alaska Native teachers | Juneau Empire – Alaska’s Capital City Online Newspaper

Bristol Bay fishermen prepare for quality mandates

The coming mandate for higher quality fish deliveries in Bristol Bay could be particularly difficult for watershed residents, but some have said it could also be good news in the long-term.

Read the full article here.

Source: Bristol Bay fishermen prepare for quality mandates | KDLG

Workforce Wednesday: Renewable energy careers | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

The renewable energy industry is a growing with a wide range of professionals — like lawyers, engineers and financiers — bringing projects to life. That means there are plenty of jobs to fill.

Suzanne Gibson, senior director at CIRI Energy Development, joined Daybreak to talk about careers in the renewable energy industry where average pay can fall between $40,000 and $100,000 per year.

Gibson said she always knew she wanted to get into business, but what drove her toward energy was the lack of women in the field. She said there is opportunity for anyone who wants to learn.

“When I got into wind [energy] we didn’t really — I didn’t — know that much about it, but I did come with an attitude about how to learn,” Gibson said. “So I’m excited to do it and we’re excited to expand the project — Fire Island phase two — next year, which will bring a lot of jobs to Anchorage.”

Companies Hiring:

  • Emergya Wind Technologies
  • Jacobs Engineering Group
  • UniSea Inc.

Energy-Related Training:

  • AVTEC: Wind Turbine Mechanic
  • UAF Bristol Bay: Sustainable Energy Occupational Endorsement
  • Mat-Su College: Energy Construction program

Mat-Su College Employer Expo

  • APICC Booth
  • Wednesday, March 16
  • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information, click here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Renewable energy careers | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

SitNews: Fisheries students participate first hand as halibut catch limits for 2016 are set

Some Fisheries students have first hand experience in fishing boats … but only rarely do students get a chance to listen, interact, and even influence the outcome of official fisheries management deliberations. This was the experience of a recent Fish Tech class at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka.

Recently, Professor Joel Markis traveled to Juneau with a group of students enrolled in a Fisheries Policy course. Each year, the course syllabus calls for students to attend a different type of management meeting. This year, Markis and his students attended the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), alongside 360 other participants from both the US and Canada.

“It’s great when students can actually become a part of their course subject, beyond just learning about topics in the classroom,” commented Professor Markis. “I think of this as an example of us being true to our mission of coupling hands on learning with distance delivered coursework.”

Read the full article here.

Source: SitNews: Fisheries students participate first hand as Halibut catch limits for 2016 are set